Five students from Tasmania’s ExitLeft Performance Academy have been offered places to study at interstate performing art institutes next year.
ExitLeft Principal Ian Williams said it was the most success it had had in a single year.
“We’re excited when one student gets accepted, so to get this many is amazing,” he said. “We seem to have pulled off the impossible – we’re on cloud nine.”
Mr Williams said Tasmania was punching well above its weight in the highly competitive field of performing arts.
Two of the ExitLeft students have been accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) to train in the highly competitive music theatre course – for which there are only ten places.
“There are about 800 who audition for these spots nationally, so for Tasmanians to take two of the ten spots is just incredible,” Mr Williams said.
The two young women to win the coveted places are Lisa Thomas and Chloe Honig, both aged 18.
Chloe has also been offered a place at the highly esteemed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She said she only auditioned for the VCA and WAAPA so it was amazing to be accepted into both.
“I haven’t decided which to go with yet – it’s a stressful decision but exciting at the same time,” she said.
Noah Casey and Alex Donnelly, 18, have been offered places in the VCA acting course, while Jimmy Drummond, 18, has been accepted into the VCA foundation program. Noah said he was thrilled and relieved about making it into a tertiary school for performing arts.
“I’m super excited” he said.
Noah had auditioned for five interstate performing arts schools and received five call-backs.
“It was really stressful and now I’m just so relieved,” he said.
Noah said all of his Tasmanian acting peers were ‘top notch’ and they had all supported each other.
Mr Williams said the secret ingredient for all of the young performers was dedication.
“When these young kids strutted their stuff during the auditions, you could smell the work,” he said.
Article courtesy of the Mercury Newspaper.